Crime & Courts

Botched robbery leads to murder charge

A Wichita man was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder in a shooting death last week during an attempted robbery.

Terrell Cole, 30, also was charged with attempted aggravated robbery and criminal possession of a firearm. District Judge Warren Wilbert set his bond at $250,000.

Wichita police said the shooting occurred Jan. 19 as Cole and Andre Lovett were trying to rob four people in a home at 1822 N. Minneapolis.

During the course of the robbery, police said, Cole's gun discharged, and the bullet struck Lovett, 30, in the abdomen. He died the next day at Wesley Medical Center.

Cole turned himself in at the Sedgwick County Jail on Monday night.

Court records show that at the time of the robbery, Cole was awaiting trial on a variety of felony drug charges.

He was ordered to return to court on Feb. 8 for a preliminary hearing on the murder charge, and he was ordered to have no contact with witnesses in the case.